February 13, 2011

eGalley Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire
Publisher: Harper Teen (February 15, 2011)
eGalley: 384 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Angelfire #1
Book from NetGalley*
From Goodreads. When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Review by Kate
ANGELFIRE, by Courtney Allison Moulton, is full of action, romance, and suspense. Moulton conceived a world where human's greatest nightmares lie in wait right outside their vision.

I am partial to books that focus on angels and the like, so I was very excited to read this one. Ellie started off being a normal teenage girl wanting to hang out with friends and party. But Ellie is anything but normal. Moulton started the action right in the beginning with the introduction of Will and soon after, a reaper.

The reapers and other creatures that lived right beyond our world were terrifying. The visualization of the reapers and their characterizations really flautned Moulton's creative mind. I enjoyed the fight and training scenes betwen Ellie and Will. While reading I felt I was there it the fight with them. And Ellie's swords with angelfire were definitely impressive and added a little extra oomph to the fighting.

As much as I liked the book, I found myself getting bored with Ellie. It is understandable that in the beginning it would be a total shocker to discover that you are a reincarnated reaper-killing machine, but I think her resistance to the idea took way too long to get over. I would think her dead-beat dad and party-hardy friends couldn't compete with being a badass fighter. But in a way, my frustrations with her connected me more to the story so that I would (hopefully) see her accept her fate.

I am not one for spoilers, but I have some questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book. Overall, this was a great start to the series and I anxiously await number two!

Side note, how awesome is the cover? I love getting a look at her sword!!


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